ACT Election – ACT Labor responds
The ACT Government has pledged to support hearing health and well-being as a national health priority if it is re-elected on October 15.
ACT Labor recognises the importance of measures to prevent hearing loss, particularly among young people and for those who work in noisy workplaces.
Examples of measures taken include the ACT Health newborn hearing screening program. This service seeks to identify babies born with significant hearing loss and introduce them to appropriate services as soon as possible in order to help prevent further loss of hearing.
In the workplace, Access Canberra WorkSafe Inspectors proactively engage with and seek to educate employers and those in control of noisy workplaces, such as construction sites. This also includes ensuring compliance with the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.
As you may already know, a motion on Hearing Awareness Week received unanimous support of the ACT Legislative Assembly when it was debated on 10th August 2016. The motion called upon the ACT Government to consider methods to raise community awareness of hearing loss and ways to avoid it. In that context, I have noted your request for the ACT to sponsor hearing as a national health priority on the COAG agenda.
I can confirm that if we are re-elected, an ACT Labor Government will support including hearing as a COAG national health priority, along with wider examination and action on preventative health issues.
Thank you for taking the time to contact me about this important matter.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr